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Professors Fr. Behr, Bouteneff join gathering on Orthodox spirituality in Italy

10 September 2019 • Monastero di Bose, Italy

The ecumenical monastic community of Bose, founded in 1965 by Fr. Enzo Bianchi, has made a tradition of hosting annual conferences on Orthodox Christian spirituality. This year’s was the 27th such conference, taking place from September 4-6, 2019, and titled “Called to Life in Christ: In the Church, in the World, in the Present Time.” It brought together some 225 hierarchs, clergy, monastics, and laypeople from a wide diversity of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches, together with...

Alumni News

Alumnus Dn. Dorde Tomic ordained to the priesthood


On Saturday, September 21, 2019, St. Vladimir’s Seminary (SVOTS) Alumnus Dn. Dorde Tomic was ordained to the holy priesthood.

His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, a fellow SVOTS alumnus (’82), presided over the Divine Liturgy and ordination at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Richmond, Virginia, where another alumnus, Fr. Nicholas G. Bacalis (’68), extended hospitality. Several current Serbian students from SVOTS were also in attendance to assist Bishop Irinej.

“I seek ordination to the holy rank of priest, Blessed Bishop,” Fr. Dorde responded during the service, after the Great Entrance. “…I seek to be a ‘light to the world’ and that from now on only Christ lives in my heart.”

He then spoke of his journey to the priesthood, beginning with the influence of his parents, who “were the first to create my path to Christ and the Church of God.”


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Fr. Herman Fields

The Rev. Herman Fields graduated as the valedictorian of St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s Class of 2019. On his blog page, which he set up as a student to facilitate information sharing between other seminarians and community members, Fr. Herman recently imparted how he succeeded during his studies at St. Vladimir’s.

Father Herman, his wife, Khouria Anna, and their two children are moving to Canada following graduation to serve a parish in Saskatchewan.

As my time at St. Vlad’s is coming to a close, I was asked by a student who is arriving next...

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